Series: Fever Series #1
Published by Delacorte Press on October 31 2006
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
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MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.\r\n\r\nWhen her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….\r\n\r\nAs Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless V’lane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….
First I have to tell you that this series is in my favorite top 5 book series EVER!! This is my third run-through of the series. I am the type of person that likes to read the series after all the books have been published. So, ummm yeah, I’m always behind on the hype of totally awesomeness (except for HP, I am not like Jenn where I had to be begged to read that series; I started reading them after book 3 came out). Can you blame me though? Who wants to wait a whole year (sometimes longer) to find out what happens!! That means I had to re-read the whole series several months later when Iced came out. Well, Burned came out just a couple months ago (STOP! NO SPOILERS!! I HAVEN’T READ IT YET!!! DON’T JUDGE ME). So here I am, going through the books AGAIN!!! This time though I got the books on audio so I can listen to them on my drives to and from work (DC traffic, always good for an audio book). I must say, I am so glad I read the books FIRST!!! I. Did. Not. Like. The. Narrator! She totally would have ruined the book for me! Trust me: READ THE BOOK!!!! So with that being said, I rated the book 5 stars but the audiobook is a 1.5 star. The Fever series is amazing!! When I first read book 1 Darkfever, I started it on a Friday and by Monday I was on book 5 Shadowfever. I would have finished it on Tuesday but I threw the book and refused to pick it back up till Jenn yelled at me for 24 hours to continue reading (but we will get to that later down the line). The world KMM created is so easy to love, envy and get lost in. Every time I have picked this series up, I felt like I was coming home. The characters she introduces you too become your family, your best friends and yes your book boyfriend for life (sorry Jasper Hale but you just went from being number 1 to number 2! OHHHHH Jericho Barrons, Le’Sigh). I have always been fascinated by Ireland and what it would look like (thanks to Nora Roberts) but KMM described Dublin in a way I couldn’t have imagined. I want to book travel there as soon as possible to walk in the footsteps of MacKayla Lane. I want to see the Dublin she saw, the Dublin she fell in love with, the Dublin she sacrificed everything to fight for. I love fantasy books. It is my second favorite genre of books. With that being said; I have never read a fantasy book like this. I’m used to Terry Brooks, David Eddings, J.R.R. Tolkien or Anne Bishop. Every time I read a book involving fairies I thought of pixie trouble makers with wings (a.k.a Tinkerbell or Puck) that blew dust in your face and you saw magic. KMM has other things on her mind when she introduces you to “The Fae”. The Fae are not tiny little winged creatures that tend to Mother Nature. They are more god like beings with no humane thoughts/feelings in their heads, that are too gorgeous to describe or imagine. There have been talks for a couple of years now to make this into a series on Netflix/Stars/HBO and I am totally against it. This is my reason. There are no male actors in this world that could pull off Jerricho Barrons, Ryodan or Vlaine. Nope, not gonna happen!! Maybe for Christian, Malluce, and the LM but that is stretching it. With the way this book is written and how they are described, their own voices and looks are characters themselves. If the actor can’t look and speak the part, no need to have the series made to Television. I really feel that the impact this series has will lose its edge if it did make it to TV and they messed it up. The narrator is Joyce Beans. What were they thinking?! She has a nice voice, she speaks clearly and is easy to listen to, but seriously: typecasting people!!! This is a 40+ year old woman speaking as a southern 22/23 year old blonde belle. I mean, HELLLLLOOOOOOO! I can’t be the only person who sees something wrong with this?! And how she tried to mimic Jerricho BARRONS!!! Oh for the love! NO, NO, NO, NO, NOOOOOOOO!! And some of the words she mispronounced……I know my spelling/grammar is not the greatest (hence why I am not a writer) but come on! If I can say the word correctly, why can’t you?! Makes me cringe!! The word is Samhain (pronounced Sah-win or Sow-in). Joyce is a good story teller but this is not the story she should tell. Only thing that I want to point out about the book is that KMM got the OPI color in the first chapter wrong. I know this is silly to point out BUT if you are going to reference a nail polish color that happens to be my favorite nail polish color please get it right. OPI “I’m really not a waitress” is not pink or any shade of pink. It is dark, deep, blood, garnet RED. This is not the same color shade of pink nail polish that matches Mac’s pink bikini.
This book and series is incredible, 5 stars across the board. Look out for my next review on book 2 Bloodfever. The only tip I can give you is start this on a Friday afternoon after work on a long weekend. Sit on the porch in your most comfy chair, a plate of cool sandwiches and your beverage of choice. This series is a real page turner and you will want to consume them all in one sitting. After you read this series, I highly recommend you read the Highlander Series by KMM.